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Horror infrasoundtrack

To add creepiness to horror films, bump up the bottom (and I mean looooow frequency) end of the soundtrack.
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Music covertly laced with very low frequency sound reportedly elicits feelings of creepiness, sorrow and foreboding in control-compared concert listeners (see link) -- a finding which suggests that sites of many reports of ghosts, candle flameouts, &c. may be prone to lots of ambient infrasound. Film-makers and play-directors could make great use of this finding to enhance the creep-out factor of their horror/ suspense works. Just have Sony foist on us an even more extravagantly hyped theater sound system, and have at it.

(Caution: cinemas near zoos or elephant-staffed circuses should consider avoiding screening infrasoundtracked versions of films.)

n-pearson, Sep 13 2003

CNN on reported infrasonic creepiness http://www.cnn.com/...nds.reut/index.html
Anyone know if/where the cited research is published? [n-pearson, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

Gets my vote as the creepiest movie I've ever seen http://video.movies...xthsense/flash.html
[RayfordSteele, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

You serious? This is *way* creepier! http://rockape.qgl.org/crap/badger.swf
It's all about suspense, it builds you up, and then, well, you'll see. [RoboBust, Oct 04 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

B(if)tek: Frequencies Will Move Together http://www.smh.com..../1057783281473.html
Aussie electronica band who researched infrasound and used it on this album. [BunsenHoneydew, May 27 2006]

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       Or just make the entire soundtrack N'Sync. Oh the horror!
DeathNinja, Sep 13 2003
  

       David Lynch does this, to excellent effect.
snarfyguy, Sep 13 2003
  

       Or you could create a low enough frequency to make them hork up chunks at all the gross parts in the movie, and for that you get a croissant with symbiotic digestive organisms on it. +
sartep, Sep 14 2003
  

       //Oh great...So Nightmare on Elmstreet #43 is going to be scarier than #42? Those movies are already scary enough! Do you want people to flee screaming? (the patrons, not the on-sceen victims...they're supposed to flee screaming...)//   

       are you serious? i haven't seen a truly scary film in my entire adult life. some films are 'disturbing,' but i've never come across anything remotely 'scary'   

       i'd love to get my hands on some sample pieces w/ infrasound superimposed on, say, regular classical pieces
screwtape, Sep 14 2003
  

       //are you serious? i haven't seen a truly scary film in my entire adult life. some films are 'disturbing,' but i've never come across anything remotely 'scary' //   

       Seconded. The last time I was actually scared in a movie was when my Dad took me to see Tod Browning's "Freaks" when I was nine.
snarfyguy, Sep 14 2003
  

       Btw, it occurs to me that the cited experiment may not have controlled for the potential effects of infrasound on the unwitting(?) musicians themselves -- perhaps there's even some feedback of unease as they play more and more dolefully, influencing eachother and the crowd, prompting mass fear-associated pheromone signalling...wish we could read the methodological details.
n-pearson, Sep 14 2003
  

       I think this idea might of already been baked way back in the 70s, with "SenSurround". SenSurround was basically a system developed by Universal Studios in 1974 that used about 10 super-high-power subwoofers that were installed in some theaters that were used not just for sound reinforcement, but to make the audience "feel" certain violent scenes in a movie, such as explosions on-screen and what not. It was used for the 70's disaster films "Earthquake" and "Rollercoaster", as well as the theatrical release of "Battlestar Galactica", but proved to be a flop due to the system being so intense that the intense bass rumbling would disturb other moviegoers in theaters next-door... It also cracked the plaster in some theaters...
misternuvistor, Jan 16 2004
  

       [+] i think this guy is halarious!
lolzcakes, May 27 2006
  
      
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